Stonehaven of course is famous for having Dunnottar Castle on its doorstep but there are many interesting castles to visit throughout Aberdeenshire.

There are plenty of castles near Aberdeen, so you can easily base yourself in the Stonehaven for your first day on the trail, which takes you to the impressive ruins of Dunnottar Castle, on to the fairytale Crathes Castle and finishes at Drum Castle, a fine Jacobean mansion house.

Aberdeenshire has over 300 castles, stately homes and ruins dotting its landscape.That's why it is known as 'Scotland's Castle Country.'  There are more castles per acre here than anywhere else in the UK, and you can discover 19 of the most famous and dramatic castles in Aberdeenshire on

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